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"Empty Bowls" raises dollars to help combat local food insecurity and poverty


Menomonie (WQOW) - It's called "Empty Bowls" and the goal of the fundraiser is to help those living in hunger.

Stepping Stones of Dunn County held its annual "Empty Bowls" fundraiser at Menomonie Middle School.  The ceramic bowls were created and donated by professional potters and art students from UW-Stout and Menomonie High School.

For $17, those in attendance could buy a bowl that was filled with homemade soup. Money raised will go to stepping stone's food pantry and shelter programs and the Menomonie Area Bread for the World, a non-profit working to change government policies regarding hunger. Lana Anderson, the coordinator of Stepping Stones' food pantry program, said, "Just in the last few years too our numbers have just went off the scale because of the decline in the economy and job loss. So, we used to serve about three years ago, 300 families a month. And now, we're really close to 800 every month."

Jim Tripp, from Menomonie, said, "One of the things I think people are unaware of is just the magnitude of the homelessness problem, the food insecurity problem. Dunn County has a high poverty rate. And I think there are a lot of unmet needs."

About 500 people were in attendance for the 20th annual fundraiser. A total of about $8,000 was raised.

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